Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Amanda suggest she and Elyot do if their spouses find them?

2. Where does Act II take place?

3. In Act II, what does Elyot tell Amanda they must do?

4. What happens in the final fight that forces Elyot to try to call "Sollocks?"

5. What reason is given for the first time Elyot struck Amanda during their marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

2. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

3. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

4. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

5. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

6. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

7. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

8. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

9. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

10. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Could there be any social repercussions from having domestic violence shown in an amusing light? What would happen if Elyot slapping Amanda did not lead to humorous results? How is a woman being slapped funny in this context? If you do not find it funny, then what would realistically happen if Amanda and Elyot were to really fight that way? Is it ever alright to use this for comedy? You may cite examples from other movies, plays, or books to support your answer, but make sure to use it alongside the text of the play.

Essay Topic 2

"Private Lives" is known for sharp, witty dialogue. What role does the dialogue play in this story? How does it add to the plot, humor, and character development?

Essay Topic 3

Elyot tells Victor that there is no point in fighting each other, as it never solves anything. However, Elyot and Amanda had, just the night before, fought each other violently. Why does Elyot believe that fighting Victor is pointless, but still fights with Amanda? For example, is it a matter of respect, love, or cowardice? Cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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